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A Quick One while He’s Gone

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The Real Dan Lyons in his blog lays down the word about Microsoft hiring Jerry Sienfeld:

This is Ballmer in full-blown Detroit mode trying to make the latest clunker seem cool by paying Dean Martin to drive one.

How do you encourage Perl programmers to read a dry summary of ways to better use the do or die state of defensive programming? You title it with a Star Trek reference, in this case, “autodie – The art of Klingon Programming“.

If you haven’t done so yet, pick up a free afternoon, and read FreakAngels‘ book one. It’s Warren Ellis’ latest, with excellent art by Paul Duffield. it’s free, and it’s that good. Then go and order the book, so we’ll get more of this.


Written by Erez

Friday, August 22, 2008 at 16:28

Posted in Comics, Programming

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Thou shalt not steal what is already at your possesion

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So…. there I was, minding my own business like I usually do, and happened across the webcomic Silicon Apartment, which is like Everybody Loves Eric Raymond, but with actual drawing instead of the photo-collage, and the characters are corporate moguls Bill Gates and Steve Jobs rather than Free Software leaders and hangers-on Richard Stallman, Linus Torvalds and Eric Raymond.

At any rate, looking at it was I, when I noticed the page is really heavy. Tabbing through it caused Firefox to stutter, which is odd, considering none other of the usual 20+ tabs gave me any trouble. My initial assumption was that the image is heavy. Might be that it’s actually a full-resolution monster resized by setting its width and height rather than compressed properly, or mayhap it’s just a very high-quality image. So I right clicked and chose “view”.

Whoops. This is the actual page I was taken to using Firefox’ “view” option. Attempting to right click and “save as” resulted in the browser trying to download same empty “dontsteal.png” image.

So, what’s wrong with this picture (apart from being an empty .png, that is)? One, the “dontsteal.png”. I realise writing about Gates and Jobs gets you in a certain mood, but, calling your customers thieves is a privilege saved for mega-corporates and Copyrights-enforcement organisations, not budding cartoonists. Two, it’s annoying.

But third, and most obvious, this is a webcomic about two tech figures, which, I’m assuming, is targeting tech-guys. Exactly those who, in face of your ingenious plan, can find their way to your precious images.

Here’s a small advice. Once you place your picture on a web page, that can be seen on a browser, and a user loads the page on his browser, YOUR IMAGE IS ALREADY BEEN DOWNLOADED AND SAVED ON HIS HARD-DRIVE.
The whole “right-click to save image” is BS. So is “view”. It’s there, along with the page’s html, javascript, css, and the rest of the images. If a user really want to steal your images, all he needs is to open the cache folder and copy it. Firefox 3 makes it even easier, with the “Page Info” feature, allowing me to click on the page’s “media” tab, and save every, and any, image (in practice, copying from the cache to my folder of choice). So now I have a copy of “0006.png”, which turns out to be of regular image size and weight, and not the cause of the site’s problems. Perhaps it has to do with this snippet of algorithmic wizardry found on the page’s source:

//specify corresponding links below
var imagelinks=new Array()
imagelinks[1]="mailto:ad@siliconapartment.com?subject=Please send me more Informations about advertising at The Silicon Apartment!"
imagelinks[2]="mailto:ad@siliconapartment.com?subject=Please send me more Informations about advertising at The Silicon Apartment!"
imagelinks[3]="mailto:ad@siliconapartment.com?subject=Please send me more Informations about advertising at The Silicon Apartment!"
imagelinks[4]="mailto:ad@siliconapartment.com?subject=Please send me more Informations about advertising at The Silicon Apartment!"
imagelinks[5]="mailto:ad@siliconapartment.com?subject=Please send me more Informations about advertising at The Silicon Apartment!"
imagelinks[6]="mailto:ad@siliconapartment.com?subject=Please send me more Informations about advertising at The Silicon Apartment!"
var ry=Math.floor(Math.random()*myimages.length)

Written by Erez

Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 11:31

Posted in Comics, Internet

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How much sense does this makes:

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In the comic-book “Doom Patrol”, a man from N.O.W.H.E.R.E., in an attempt to kill Danny the street, locks Crazy Jane in a Tearroom of Despair, where she is told that there will never be any joy, happyness, or hope for her. She tells it she likes it that way, the paradox kills the man from N.O.W.H.E.R.E.

How the hell did I miss this one all these years? And me an avid Morrisonologist?

Written by Erez

Sunday, October 8, 2006 at 17:17

Posted in Comics, Weird

How to do what

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A nothing less than amazing post in Temple of the Seven Golden Camels,
regarding the legendary Carson Van Osten and his “Comic Strip Artist’s Kit“, this time, the scanned originals, along with a dedication. This is sheer brilliance, and a must read for every comic fan and creator.

Written by Erez

Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 19:46

Posted in Comics

The Gospel according to RMS

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This strip is just too much of tha funnay.

Written by Erez

Friday, September 22, 2006 at 11:50

Posted in Comics, Free Software

My carefully defined, objective opinion regarding Alan Moore’s Lost Girls: Whether it’s art, comics, or pornography, and the debate of the limits of erotic arts and when do these lines are crossed and whether they should be crossed

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I don’t care whether it’s a book filled but nothing than low-resolution printouts of his butt. It’s Alan-fucking-Moore, dammit, just the greatest writer in the history of Comics!

Written by Erez

Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 17:47

Posted in Comics


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I truly think Alan Moore’s Watchmen should have a similar status to other modern-classics such as Lord of the Rings and the Amber books, but in the meanwhile, it gets a “Just Imagine” parody spoof, where Kevin Church gives us a look at what would’ve happened if Stan Lee had written it.

Written by Erez

Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:43

Posted in Comics, Culture